AMD's amazingly amazing year 2017 was so hard to understand that the company's performance in 2018 is often compared to Age of Ultron on Marvel Cinematic Universe. (This will be a long, winding metaphor, but stay with us.) Last year was virtually the first Avengers movie by AMD in that everything we had seen before with Ryzens Intel quake was the first 16 Core HEDT chips and the first exciting graphics cards from AMD for a long time.
This year was a significant improvement with the introduction of Ryzen 2nd Generation and Threadripper 2nd Generation CPUs, but there was also a serious shortage of all new discrete GPUs. More than anything else, this year felt like a vestige, almost a preamble ̵
The biggest renewal pitch
AMD could not have had a stronger start for 2018. The company outperformed the new processor families, largely escaping the weaknesses of Specter and Meltdown, which plagued Intel.
AMD also made a strong debut at CES 2018, launching the launch of new quad-core mobile processors and powerful Ryzen APUs that would introduce desktop CPUs with discrete Vega graphics. The AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and the Ryzen 3 2200G were certainly the highlights of the year as they were able to play modern games without sweating in Full HD mode.
AMD's integrated graphics were so impressive that Intel and AMD launched their first mashup-developed chip, Kaby Lake G. This chip found its way into the formidable yet small Intel Hades Canyon NUC and some gaming-capable 2-in -1 laptops such as the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the HP Specter x360 15.
In a true power show, AMD even announced it would be planning the rest of the year until 2020. In 2018, AMD planned to introduce its 12 nm architecture from Zen +, which would lead to Ryzen 2nd Generation and Ryzen Threadripper's second generation processors. In addition, the company also planned to introduce a 7nm Zen 2 architecture and 7nm Vega and Navi architectures on the graphics card side.
Silicon companies do not usually state what they have to offer The coming year, detailed, multi-year roadmaps like this one was incredible and outrageous. For that we had to give AMD props.
Riding on and against the flood of Crypto
Like Nvidia, AMD was also heavily affected by Crypto, meaning that both companies profited from the extreme demand for Bitcoin mining GPUs while trying to be faithful to the players first stay. The company developed so well from cryptocurrency that it even managed to surpass Nvidia's popularity for a short time.
Although the company was doing extremely well thanks to mining, the company promised that players would be given top priority. To counteract the lack of graphics cards, AMD, interestingly enough, proposed mining with its thread-ripper desktop processors.
Luckily we did not have to wait long for the year for some new 2nd generation Ryzen processors. The first quartet of AMD 12nm processors would arrive on April 19th with the introduction of the Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 5 2600.
All second-generation Ryzen processors from AMD pushed the frame speed and advanced overclocking features with their higher clock frequency. In our reviews, we found that the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X completely overhauled Intel's existing mainstream CPU, the Intel Core i7-8700K, while the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X was the best mid-range CPU for power users.
Unfortunately, AMD There were not nearly as many second-generation Ryzen processors as the previous family of chips.
In fact, we had to wait until September before AMD released its next Ryzen processors, the Ryzen 5 2500X and the Ryzen 3, 2300X, but these were chips that average consumers could not even buy. Instead, AMD decided to reserve its lower chips for OEMs and system integrators. To this day, you still can not buy these CPUs without buying a pre-assembled PC that is mounted around them.
Overall, we would say that AMD has done a great job of delivering even more impressive CPUs, but they felt much more at once than setting the story for 2018 as it did for the previous generation last year.
Ripped it up
AMD really threw down the fight for the Computex 2018. The company saw Intel's 28-core processor and increased a 32-core CPU mammoth, which we should later get to know as the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX.
On the computing-based show, AMD also unveiled a new nano-version of the Radeon RX Vega 56 and details of its next generation 7nm Radeon Instinct graphics card. Unfortunately, AMD would talk about graphics cards the last time well into the year.
Not long after Computex, the AMD representative announced four new second-generation Ryzen thread-ripper processors in August. These HEDT processors have not only increased the core numbers, but also the performance with simultaneous price reduction.
The Ryzen Threadripper 2950X was the perfect example of our last few points, outperforming the outbound Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and coming at a slightly lower price. In the meantime, the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX with 32 and 64 threads delivered the highest multi-core performance we've ever seen from a high-end desktop PC.
It appeared that AMD completely dominated the high-end desktop Unfortunately, the company has been waiting until the end of October for the release of the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and the Ryzen Threadripper 2920X. At this time, Intel has announced its Basin Falls Refresh HEDT family and the greater threat of the Intel Core i9-9900K.
Better late than never
If AMD missed one thing in 2018, it was graphics cards. In addition to the company's impressive integrated graphics at the beginning of the year, AMD announced only a "new" range of Radeon RX 500X Polaris GPUs for OEMs (albeit with a new name), a nano-format Radeon RX version Vega 56 and a new Radeon RX 590 for the middle class market.
This makes Nvidia's new Turing RTX 20 series of graphics cards virtually unchallenged in 2018, but we hope the 7 nm graphics cards expected by AMD will be announced in 2019.
Although AMD 2018 did not have much new GPU hardware, it brought a lot of new software. In March, the company launched a Project ReSX update (Radeon eSports Experience) that has optimized its graphics cards for eSports gaming.
With the annual software update, AMD Radeon Software's Adrenalin 2019 Edition brought a host of new features, including streaming traditional PC games and VR games to mobile devices. It also adds the ability to automatically overclock your graphics card, and a host of new features aimed at vaping gamers.
What AMD Will Provide for 2019
2019 will probably be AMD's biggest year. The company has already announced plans to talk about its 7nm processors and graphics cards at CES 2019.
This should lead to AMD introducing its 7 nm Zen 2 architecture, which will lead to Ryzen 3rd Generation and Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Generation processors. As far as we know, the AMD Next CPU family will begin with quad-core chips for beginners and stack up to 16-core mainstream processors. We can even dream about 48-core or 64-threaded HEDT processors on the HEDT front.
Meanwhile, the AMD 7nm GPU architecture could lead to the introduction of Vega II and Navi graphics cards we wanted this year. 19659002] If AMD successfully manufactures all three of these products next year, it will assemble its Silicon Infinity Gauntlet to kill Nvidia and Intel (or at least their comfortable thrones). The biggest threat to AMD will be Intel next year, as the company prepares to roll out its 10nm Sunny Cove processors, and may even introduce Intel graphics cards.
No matter how you cut it, 2019 should be one of the most exciting years in computing and AMD will undoubtedly play a big role.